As a meditation teacher, lots of people ask me where to buy meditation supplies. The good news is that there are lots of options. Whether you are looking to buy meditation supplies online or to near you, you are spoiled for choice.
In this post, I will share with you the best places to buy supplies for meditation.
Some of the most popular items to shop for include:
- Cushions and chairs
- Tibetan singing bowls
- Buddha statues / Hindu statues etc.
- Yoga mats, cushions, bolsters, pants etc
- For more ideas, read my list of the best meditation tools.
5 Best Places To Buy Meditation Supplies Online Or Near You
Depending on exactly what you re looking for, there are lots of options for places to buy meditation supplies. Each has its own benefits. For instance, by far the easiest way is to shop on Amazon, which of course delivers and has lots of great products available. If you want to support your local scene, it is best to shop near you. And if you want to buy authentic or antique meditation items, you can find spectacular products at great prices by travelling abroad to India, Tibet and other countries with spiritual cultures.
If you are a teacher or retailer and you want to buy meditation supplies wholesale, you will want to consider online sites such as ShopHalfMoon, which has great options for wholesale.
Here are the top 5 places to buy meditation supplies, online and offline.
1: Amazon and other major online meditation supply websites
One of the best places to buy meditation supplies is online including the giant Amazon [here are the best products on Amazon]
Amazon is the biggest online retailer in the world, and it is very easy to find high-quality products on Amazon. The review system means you can be confident about the quality of product you are getting, and their return policy is also very reliable in case you encounter any problems (I’ve only ever had to use it once, and it was simple).
For most people, Amazon will be the best solution. It’s easy. It’s quick. It’s safe. And because of the staggering amount of competition, prices tend to be very reasonable.
I wouldn’t recommend Amazon for the really high-end stuff. For instance, if you want to buy antique Tibetan singing bowls, do it near you. Go to an actual antique dealer. Sure, you will have to shop around, but you will get to see what you are buying and try it out.
That said, for the vast majority of people, Amazon is just too easy a solution to ignore. And other sites like WayFair also have great options.
2: Specialist online retailers
Amazon might dominate the market, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other yoga and meditation retailers online. If you want to buy high-end products or rarer items, you will definitely want to consider the specialist online retailers. For instance, if you’re looking for an antique singing bowl or a mala made in India, you will want to go to a specialist site.
Some of the best specialist online manufacturers and retailers include:
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3: Local shop
Because meditation and yoga are big businesses these days, most cities have their fair share of yoga and meditation shops. Buying meditation items near you is a safe and practical solution. Plus, some items you don’t want to buy offline, you really want to try them out. Such as a gong. If you ask me where to buy a gong for meditation, I’d generally say at a local specialist shop. That way you can actually grab the mallet, strike the gong, and see what sound quality you’re getting.
There are lots of meditation studios and local studios too, and many of these sell products. At your local yoga studio, you can buy yoga pants, mats, bolsters and other essential equipment. Plus, when you shop locally, you are supporting your local scene. That makes you feel a lot warmer inside compared to shopping on Amazon or other online retailers.
4: Buddhist temples and other spiritual sites
If you want to know where to buy meditation supplies that are authentic and high quality, visit your local Buddhist temple of other spiritual sites. Most cities in the USA, Canada, UK and other multicultural countries have their fair share of Buddhist temples and similar locations. And in my experience, you can generally buy meditation supplies there.
One thing I will say is that prices can be steep at temples and similar locations. I think it is generally agreed that when you shop at such a location you are paying a) for the item, and b) to support the temple / site, which is no bad thing. We are fortunate to have these beautiful sites nearby, and they do indeed require money to support themselves. So by buying meditation supplies locally at a temple or similar location, you’re not just buying the item, you are also supporting the cause.
5: Going authentic in India and other countries
If you want to make a profit by selling meditation supplies, or if you simply want to buy meditation supplies that are authentic and have soul, you can always shop abroad. India, Tibet, and other spiritually rich locations have many fantastic items to buy.
A word of warning. You will either get ripped off or you will get an amazing deal. If you buy at a tourist trap, you’re probably going to pay through the teeth for an inauthentic item. If you buy at a small local market that is not a tourist hotspot you will probably get a killer bargain. So be smart when you shop abroad, and always remember those exchange rates!
When choosing where to buy meditation supplies, always consider your personal needs. If you just want quick and easy, you might as well use Amazon. If, however, you want to get something authentic and valuable without being ripped off, you will need to either head abroad or visit a specialist meditation retailer. And always remember to do your homework. For instance, if you are buying antiques you should ask for a certificate of authenticity.
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